Clemson event to offer farmers tips on dealing with flood

Clemson University’s Edisto Research and Education Center invites farmers to an event Thursday for information on managing flooded crops and mitigating the effects of flooding on hay and cattle production.

Representatives from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Farm Service Agency, the S.C. Farm Bureau and the S.C. Department of Agriculture also will be on hand to discuss assistance available to farmers.

The Cotton and Soybean Field Day is free and open to the public. The event begins at 2:30 p.m. with demonstrations and exhibits on deep-rooted cover crops, sensor-based nutrient management and irrigation, pest and disease management and the invasive Benghal dayflower recently found in a South Carolina field.

Experts also will discuss the effects of flooding on home termite control and managing a pesticide storage facility that has flooded.

The program continues from 4 to 6 p.m. with presentations on the effects of flooding on hay and cattle production, tips on harvesting damaged cotton and peanuts, advice from cotton ginners and peanut processors on what to do with damaged crops and reports from several representatives of several state and federal agencies.

Dinner will be served following the presentations.

The Edisto Research and Education Center is located at 64 Research Road in Blackville.